Santiago de Compostela

city in north-west Spain in the La Coruña province

Santiago de Compostela (also Saint James of Compostela) is the capital of the autonomous community of Galicia. It is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site. The city is in the northwest of Spain in the Province of A Coruña.

Santiago de Compostela
Collage de Santiago de Compostela.jpg
Flag of Santiago de Compostela
Coat of arms of Santiago de Compostela
Location of the municipality of Santiago de Compostela within Galicia
Location of the municipality of Santiago de Compostela within Galicia
Autonomous CommunityGalicia
ProvinceA Coruña
  • Aríns
  • Bando
  • A Barciela
  • Busto
  • O Carballal
  • O Castiñeiriño
  • Cesar
  • Conxo
  • O Eixo
  • A Enfesta
  • Fecha
  • Figueiras
  • Fontiñas
  • Grixoa
  • Laraño
  • Marantes
  • Marrozos
  • Nemenzo
  • A Peregrina
  • Sabugueira
  • San Caetano
  • San Lázaro
  • San Paio
  • Santa Cristina de Fecha
  • Santiago de Compostela
  • Sar
  • Verdía
  • Vidán
  • Villestro
  • Vista Alegre
 • TypeMayor-council
 • BodyConcello de Santiago
 • MayorÁngel Currás Fernández (PP)
 • Total220 km2 (80 sq mi)
260 m (850 ft)
 • Total95,671
 • Density428.81/km2 (1,110.6/sq mi)
santiagués, -guesa (gl/es)
compostelán, -ana (gl)
compostelano, -na (es)
Time zoneCET (GMT +1)
 • Summer (DST)CEST (GMT +2)
Area code(s)+34
The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

The city's Cathedral is the destination of an important pilgrimage route, the Way of St. James (Galician: Camiño de Santiago, Spanish: Camino de Santiago). Pilgrims have been following this route since the ninth century.

The cathedral is believed to be where James, son of Zebedee is buried. Saint James was one of the apostles of Jesus Christ.